Gomez: Why it all collapsed on the Hammers


By Sean Whetstone

Maxi Gomez will double his wages from moving to Valencia but turned down the chance to quadruple his them with a move to West Ham.

An insider close to the negotiations revealed the Uruguyan striker is earning around £15,000 per week at Celta Vigo and is set to double that plus a little at Valencia where he will be on around £30,000-£35,000 per week.

As part of their negotiations, West Ham were ready to offer him a minimum £70k a week with options open for appearances, Cup runs, European qualification and various other add-ons.

The club wanted to offer him a five year contract with a two-year option and the fee paid over the period of the contract in the usual manner.

However, it was recognised throughout that Gomez was likely to put his lifestyle first along with the chance of Champions League football and finally a staged payment deal offered by the Hammers to Vigo did not appeal to the Spanish club who had already agreed what was an acceptable offer to them from Valencia.

In the end events conspired to make the deal impossible and the only question now is where next with just four weeks and a day remaining until the season opens.

Fair play to Gomez. In a world where money screams he appears to be a rare breed who has put family and personal lifestyle choices before money. If that is the real motivation behind the situation he is a rare bred in modern football and to be applauded.

He has spent the last week camping and fishing with friends and family in his native Uruguay instead of jet setting in Dubai or Barbados like many other football players.

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  • Eastendexile says:

    Not sure why we devoted so much time to this when it was clear he didn’t really want to come.
    Hopefully we haven’t put all our eggs into this basket and we can entice someone to come for the right sporting reasons ( and a big pay rise of course)

    • Twostops says:

      Probably down to his agent, who eyes were like saucers at the thought of a big fee. But fair play to the lad for showing some integrity and choosing for what he considers footballing reasons, and not just a pay check. We have just gotten rid of one of those, so better to have someone who wants to play rather than mercenary badge kisser.

  • Garry OSullivan says:

    why did this Gomez deal get pursued by west ham if the La Liga rules state that all the release clause money needed to be paid up front , and not in installments which is what west ham wanted to do
    did they not know that La Liga rules would only reject that , therefore it was only a wild goose chase to keep us supporters sort of happy , and sky sports reporting usual speculation bull###
    Its all a load of overhyped rubbish linking us to every half-decent player and I wish it would stop until we actually mean what we are doing and going after

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    The whole deal with Valencia sounds fishy not that it matters the player got what he wanted although we probably should have switched targets when we figured that out shouldn’t we ?

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